SIGCOMM News

  • December 31, 2015

    January 2016 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Happy 2016! I hope that you were able to spend quality time during your vacations and holidays, working away on your submissions for the wave of deadlines coming up in the next few weeks!
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. The last printed issue of CCR will be the April 2016 issue.
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 workshops
    3. Dates for IMC 2016
    4. SIGCOMM Award nominations 2016
     
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    1. The first print issue of Computer Communication Review (CCR) was published in 1970, shortly after the installation of the first ARPANET nodes. In March 1970, the CCR Editor wrote "it is our intention to have SIGCOMM play an active role in publicizing, reporting, commenting upon, and debating the technical and non-technical issues relating to advances in computer communications and the realization of the benefits of those advances by users."
     
    46 years later, there is no doubt that SIGCOMM has played a significant role in the evolution of the field of computer communications. It is probably safe to assume that only the most optimistic SIGCOMM members in 1970 would have dreamed of the impact that computer communications in general have on Computer Science and on our entire society. Given the ubiquity of the Internet today, a printed newsletter is not the best solution to report, comment upon, and debate the future of our field any more. The SIGCOMM Executive Community decided in December 2015 to replace our printed newsletter with an online newsletter. The last printed issue will be the April 2016 issue and the first entirely online newsletter will be published in July 2016. We received positive feedback on this proposal during the community feedback session in London; nevertheless, if you have concerns, please feel free to contact the SIG Chair, Vice Chair, or Editor with them.
     
    2. SIGCOMM 2016 will host 5 workshops:

    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Middleboxes and Network Function Virtualization (HotMiddlebox 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on QoE-based Analysis and Management of Data Communication Networks (Internet-QoE 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Fostering Latin-American Research in Data Communication Networks (LANCOMM 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA 2016)
    • ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networking and Programming Languages (NetPL 2016)

     
    See the website for full details on submissions and CFPs:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/
     
    3. The new dates for IMC 2016 are Nov 14-17, 2016. See the website for all the details:
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2016/
     
    4. Nominations are sought for 2016 SIGCOMM award. The SIGCOMM Award was initiated in 1989 as a means of honoring computer communication professionals for outstanding lifetime technical achievement in the fields of data and computer communications. The nomination should be made in the form of a letter addressed to the Chairman of the SIGCOMM Award Committee (Bruce Maggs). The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements. The nominator is responsible for gathering all nomination materials to the Chair of the Awards Committee on or before March 31. More details can be found here:
    http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-award-nominations
     
    That’s all for now!

  • November 30, 2015

    December 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    With the end of 2015 at hand, we can reflect upon a year of many events in the Internet landscape, from net neutrality battles, to the fall of safe harbours, and legal threats to the future of encryption on the web. I hope that in 2016 we will see a move towards a free and open Internet that is available and accessible to everyone across the world. On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to wish you season’s greetings, and best wishes for the new year.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. CoNext seeking site proposals for 2017
    2.  CAIDA BGP Hackathon, Call for Participation and travel grants
    3. ACM Fellows and Distinguished Scientists 2015
     
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    1. The Steering Committee is soliciting proposals for hosting CoNext 2017. Please see here for details on CoNext and instructions for site proposals:
    http://sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference
    http://www.sigcomm.org/events/conext-conference/site-proposals
     
    2. CAIDA, in cooperation with CSU, USC, UFMG, FORTH, Route Views, RIPE NCC, will host a BGP Hackathon on the 6-7th of February 2016 at UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA). The theme of the hackathon is “live BGP measurements and monitoring”.
     
    When: Feb 6-7, 2016
    Where: the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
    Who: Parties interested in hacking on live BGP data.
    Inquiries: bgp-hackathon-info@caida.org
    Important Deadline: Dec 22, 2015 for travel grant requests
    Apply to attend: http://www.caida.org/workshops/bgp-hackathon/1602/
     
    3. Three SIGCOMM members have been selected as ACM Fellows this year: Kevin Fall, Michael George Luby, and Pablo Rodriguez. Other members of the community were recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientists: Ratul Mahajan, Konstantina Papagiannaki, and Ben Y Zhao. Congratulations to them all!
     
    That’s all for now!

  • November 10, 2015

    The SIGCOMM Rising Star Award 2015 winner is Brighten Godfrey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The award to Brighten Godfrey is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career in network architecture. His work has brought a synergy of algorithmic and systems insights to make significant contributions in problems such as pathlet routing, data center architectures, and network verification. Congratulations, Brighten!
     

  • October 31, 2015

    November 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. IMC 2016
    2. Nominations solicited for the 2015 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award
    3. SIGCOMM 2017 will be at UCLA, Los Angeles
    4. New CCR Editor
    5. 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum
    6. RAIM 2015 Highlights
    7. CoNext 2015 participation
     
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    1. The ACM Internet Measurement Conference 2016 conference will be held in Santa Monica, California, USA (near Los Angeles) 31 October to 2 November 2016. General Chairs are John Heidemann (USC/ISI) and Phillipa Gill (Stony Brook University); Program Chairs are Ramesh Govindan (USC) and John Byers (Boston University). The website is now up with more information.
    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/2016/index.html
     
    2. Nominations are now open for the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award. To be eligible, the final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline. Submissions must be received by the current SIGCOMM Awards Chair, (Bruce Maggs) by November 30. Please see the nominations page for more information:
    http://sigcomm.org/content/doctoral-dissertation-award-nominations
     
    3. Sigcomm 2017 will be held in UCLA/Los Angeles, the week of Aug 21, 2017. General Co-Chairs are Lixia Zhang (UCLA) and K.K. Ramakrishnan (UC Riverside). Local Arrangement Chair is Peter Reiher (UCLA).
     
    4. Dina Papagiannaki ends her service as the Editor of SIGCOMM's Computer Communication Review  in January 2016. Thanks, Dina, for all your hard work! Olivier Bonaventure will be the new editor, handling papers submitted by the next deadline (i.e. December 1st, 2015).
     
    5. The Fourth Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be held September 18-23, 2016.  
    http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/
    The application process for the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum began November 1, 2015.
    To be considered for the Heidelberg Forum, young researchers can either apply directly at  www.application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org  or be nominated by a colleague (or professor, mentor or manager) who can attest to the quality of their work.  Nominations will likely carry a bit more weight within the selection process and can be made at  
    https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/reg_nom_registration_for.php  
    If you or a colleague would like to make a nomination, the ACM "Organization Number" is ACM72967.  Applications and nominations must be completed by February 3, 2016.
     
    6. Notes from the 2015 IRTF & ISOC Workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are available online at http://tid.isoc.org:9001/p/raim-2015 and the videos are avaialble on the workshop page: https://irtf.org/raim-2015
     
    7. There’s still time to register and attend CoNext 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany, December 1-4 2015. See the program and details on : http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/#!/home
     
    That’s all for now!

  • September 30, 2015

    October 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    In the last weeks we have seen potentially major disruptions to the Internet economy landscape, with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) calling off the [far-from-perfect] EU-US Safe-Harbour agreement. The implications are roughly translatable to transatlantic data transfers made under the agreement being ruled illegal across the EU under the Privacy Directive. US and EU have vastly different interpretation of personal data ownership, privacy, and ethics; hence this new ruling can have severe impact on the operation of many of the largest Internet organisations which are centred around personal data harvesting. Some of these corporations have started developing their own alternative solutions (and the associated PR), albeit it remains to be seen what legal challenges they will face in the EU.
     
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Winner 2015
    2. Nominations solicited for the 2015 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award
    3. ACM SIGCOMM 2016 Call for Workshop Proposals
    4. CoNext 2015 Program, travel grants, and early registration
    5. SIGCOMM 2015 session recordings
     
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    1. The SIGCOMM Rising Star Award 2015 winner is Brighten Godfrey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The award to Brighten Godfrey is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career in network architecture. His work has brought a synergy of algorithmic and systems insights to make significant contributions in problems such as pathlet routing, data center architectures, and network verification. Congratulations, Brighten!
     
    2. Nominations are now open for the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award. To be eligible, the final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline. Submissions must be received by the current SIGCOMM Awards Chair, (Bruce Maggs) by November 30. Please see the nominations page for more information:
    http://sigcomm.org/content/doctoral-dissertation-award-nominations
     
    3. SIGCOMM 2016 will hold multiple one-day workshops in conjunction with the conference, to be held in Salvador, Brazil from August 22 to 26, 2016. Workshops will take place on Monday, August 22 and Friday, August 26.  http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/cfwp.php
    IMPORTANT WORKSHOP DATES:
       November 23, 2015   Workshop proposals due
       December 4, 2015    Announcement of workshops selected
       December 22, 2015   Workshop Call for Papers due
     
    4. CoNext 2015 program is up  http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/#!/program
    Early regitration deadline is 2nd November http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/#!/registration
    A number of student travel grants are also available http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/co-next/2015/#!/travel
     
    5. The SIGCOMM 2015 main session recordings are now available on the ACM DL
    http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2785956
     
    That’s all for now!

  • August 31, 2015

    September 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
    Last month over 600 members of the community gathered in London for SIGCOMM 2015, with a packed program of papers, posters, research demos, industrial demos, workshops, tutorials, preview talks, N2Women meetup, community meetings, projects meetings, mentoring, and, most importantly, social events. On behalf of the organising committee, I wish to thank all who helped with organisation and  those who attended, and I really hope you all had a great time! For those who couldn’t make it, video recordings of the conference talks for each paper will soon appear in ACM DL.
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SOSR 2016 Call for Papers
    2. Nominations solicited for the 2015 SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award
    3. SIGCOMM preview talks
    4. IMC program now online.
    5. DTL conference 2015
     
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    1. The Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN, building on past years' successful SOSR and HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshops. This year, SOSR will be co-located with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) and the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI'16), providing greater opportunity for industry and academia to jointly explore and debate recent developments related to all aspects of SDN.  http://opennetsummit.org/conference/
    Important Dates
           • 5pm PST Monday October 26 (midnight GMT):  Abstract registration
           • 5pm PST Friday October 30 (midnight GMT):  Paper submission
           • December 18:  Notification
           • March 14-15: Symposium
     
    2. Nominations are now open for the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award. To be eligible, the final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee’s host institution during the 12 months before the submission deadline. Submissions must be received by the current SIGCOMM Awards Chair, (Bruce Maggs) by November 30. Please see the nominations page for more information:
    http://sigcomm.org/content/doctoral-dissertation-award-nominations
     
    3. We held preview talks to give background for the technical sessions at SIGCOMM 2015. Especially if you attended the sessions--but even if you didn't--we'd appreciate if you filled out this short survey to help us plan for future years: http://goo.gl/forms/omNr4T6fBA
     
    Thanks to Ethan Katz-Bassett, Justine Marie Sherry, Te-Yuan Huang, Maria Kazandjieva, Hamed Haddadi, Craig Partridge, Steve Uhlig, Olaf Maennel, and others for help organizing. Thanks to Phillipa Gill, George Porter, Laurent Vanbever, Aaron Schulman, and Nandita Dukkipati for presenting.
     
    4. IMC 2015 Program is now online : http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/imc/2015/program.html
     
    5. The Data Transparency Conference 2015 (Nov 15th-17th, MIT Media Lab) will gather world-class researchers, industry leaders, policy makers, developers and communicators who are leading the development of a more transparent Internet that is more respectful to personal data online. The Data Transparency Lab (http://www.datatransparencylab.org ) is a community effort founded by MIT Connection Science, Telefonica, Mozilla Foundation, and the Open Data Institute. For more information about the event, including registration and program, visit http://www.dtlconferences.org
     
    That’s all for now!

  • July 31, 2015

    August 2015 SIGCOMM Newsletter
    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,
     
    We are just over a week away from SIGCOMM 2015, with a packed program of exciting papers, workshops, tutorials, and really fun social events. We look forward to welcoming over 500 of you in London:                                                                     http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/
     
    If you can’t attend, you can still watch the event live at http://www.meetecho.com/sigcomm2015/
     
    Here is the news for this month:
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    1. SIGCOMM 2015 Test of Time award
    2. GENI Transition Planning
    3. IMC travel grants
    4. Industry day on measurements between IMC and IETF
    5. ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing
     

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    1.  SIGCOMM 2015 Test of Time awards winners are:
     
    “A clean slate 4D approach to network control and management”, Albert Greenberg, Gisli Hjalmtysson, David A. Maltz, Andy Myers, Jennifer Rexford, Geoffrey Xie, Hong Yan, Jibin Zhan, and Hui Zhang.
    CCR October 2005.
     
    This paper led to a resurgence of interest in the topic of separated data and control planes to better manage networks that developed into Software Defined Networking (SDN).
     
    and
     
    “Sizing router buffers”, Guido Appenzeller, Isaac Keslassy, and Nick McKeown. SIGCOMM 2004.
     
    This paper questioned the old rule-of-thumb for buffering at routers and contributed theory and experiments to show much less buffering is needed.  It has ongoing relevance to issues such as bufferbloat and small buffers in commodity switching chips.
     
    2. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and GENI project office (GPO) are seeking community input to plan the future governance and direction of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI). Submissions are invited via email to future@geni.net by August 15. For background information and full details, see this CCC blog post: http://www.cccblog.org/2015/07/15/call-for-community-input-and-participation-nsf-geni-sustainment-governance-and-future-network-research-cyberinfrastructure/
     
    3. The IMC travel grants deadline is Aug 14. This year we are also offering geodiversity grants in addition to the usual student travel grants:              http://conferences2.sigcomm.org/imc/2015/stg.html
     
    4. To increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are organizing a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM), scheduled for the Saturday in between the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) in Tokyo and the 94th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Yokohama. Details and submission instructions at https://irtf.org/raim-2015. Submission deadline: August 7.
     
    5. The ACM-W Europe womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing is a scientific event, and also an event aimed at networking and exploring career opportunities for women in computer science and related disciplines. This conference brings together researchers and professionals, as well as students in all levels of education, to present and share their achievements and experience in computing. Register by 08/08 before early bird ends! Should you have any questions, you may find answers on the event website or by emailing me (vgrande@acm.org).  http://womencourage.acm.org/
     
    That’s all for now!

  • July 31, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    SIGCOMM 2015 is fast approaching! This year will introduce several new programs including student mentoring, and industrial demos (running for the second year), besides the usual workshops and poster sessions. The early registration deadline is July 15, only a few days away. The details of the program can be found at: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/ . Do plan to attend the community feedback session to share your concerns with other community members and to give your input to the EC!

    In other news, the EU recently released a somewhat convoluted draft proposal supporting net neutrality for an Open Internet, yet simultaneously supporting fast lanes. Read more on the controversy at:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/02/eu-proposal-adopts-net-neutrality_n_7717390.html

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. SIGCOMM 2015 award

    2. New IEEE fellows/awards for SIGCOMM community members

    3. Workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM)

    4. News from the EC

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    1. We are delighted to announce that SIGCOMM 2015 awardee is Albert Greenberg (Microsoft Research) for pioneering the theory and practice of operating carrier and datacenter networks. Congratulations, Albert!

    2. Congratulations to many members of our SIGCOMM community have who been elected as IEEE Fellows; to Kimberly Claffy and Vern Paxson for winning the IEEE Internet Award; and to Albert Greenberg who also won the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award.

    For the full list of announcements and awards see http://delivery.qmags.com/d/DefaultV1.aspx?pub=IEEEAwards&upid=19422&S=ML&fl=others%2fIEEEAWARDS%2fIEEEAwards_2015.pdf

    3. To increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are organizing a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM), scheduled for the Saturday in between the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) in Tokyo and the 94th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Yokohama.

    Submission deadline: Friday, August 7, 2015

    Notifications: Friday, August 28, 2015

    Workshop date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Details and submission instructions at https://irtf.org/raim-2015

    4. Some news from the EC

    • The EC has contracted with a meeting organiser called MeetGreen to help with the registration, budgeting, and planning process for SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences.

    • SIGCOMM 2015 talks will be recorded and made available online.

    • SIGCOMM 2016 preparation is on the way already, details at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2016/

    • We are requesting PC chairs of each conference to nominate one or two papers for CACM Research Highlights.

    That’s all for now!

  • June 15, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. SIGCOMM 2015 registration now open

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 Child Care program

    3. Geo-diversity grants

    4. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    5. ACM ICN Call for Demos and Posters: Deadline June 26, 2015

    6. Nominations solicited for Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of the ACM

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    1. Registration for SIGCOMM 2015 is now open at

    https://www.regonline.com/acmsigcomm2015 . Early registration ends on July 14th.

    2. SIGCOMM 2015 will offer a childcare program similar to last year’s. Please see the details at http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/sigcommkiddie.php

    3. Geo-diversity grants now have more extensive coverage. See http://sigcomm.org/for-authors/geodiversity-travel-grants for details of the application process.

    4. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.  Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address. Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by August 15, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award

     

    5. The 2nd ACM ICN conference will take place in San Francisco this year. We are soliciting posters and demos intended to showcase work-in-progress research. Topics of interest include ICN design, implementation and evaluation, as well as others listed here. We strongly encourage student and industry submissions. Both demos and posters should be accompanied by a 2 page extended abstract, which will be published in the conference proceedings. Further details can be found at: http://conferences.sigcomm.org/acm-icn/2015/cfd.php

     

    6. The term of Victor Vianu, the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM (JACM), is coming to an end.  A search committee has been formed to identify candidates for the next Editor-in-Chief and to recommend the most suitable one to the ACM Publications Board. The position is for a term of three years, renewable once, starting on September 1, 2015.  The duties of ACM Editors-in-Chief are summarized in the ACM Volunteer Editors. Nominations should be sent by email to Joe Halpern (halpern@cs.cornell.edu).  The committee accepts self-nominations.  Nominations (whether of a colleague or oneself) should include a summary of the candidate's relevant research contributions and editorial qualifications. The committee will start evaluating candidates after July 1, 2015.

    That’s all for now!

    CFPs for Upcoming SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences:

    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/sponsored

    CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences:

    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/cooperation

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/

    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

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  • May 7, 2015

    Dear SIGCOMM Community Members,

    We have a busy newsletter this month, so, let’s dive right into it!

    Here is the news for this month:

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    1. Sylvia Ratnasamy wins ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

    2. SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award

    3. SIGCOMM Rising Star Award Nominations

    4. Mentoring Program at SIGCOMM 2015

    5. CoNext 2015 shadow TPC

    6. SIGCOMM 2015 registration now open

    7. HOTNETS 2015 CFP now online

    8. Data Transparency Lab Call For Proposals

    9. Call for Participation: ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research

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    1. We are delighted to announce that Sylvia Ratnasamy, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley has won the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for her seminal work on distributed hash tables, a fundamental contribution to the design of large-scale distributed and decentralized computing systems. Congratulations, Sylvia!

    2. In other good news, the SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 winner is: Keith Winstein for his dissertation entitled “Transport Architectures for an Evolving Internet” This dissertation proposes and develops the idea of computer-generated congestion control, creatively solving both classical and new problems in network resource management.

    The Honorable Mention goes to Hongqiang Liu for his dissertation “Traffic Planning under Network Dynamics” Liu's dissertation presents the design and implementation of practical, uniform, automatic, and proactive techniques to prevent the link congestion commonly caused by network faults and maintenance.

    The award committee was comprised of Mark Crovella, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Nikolaos Laoutaris, Alan Mislove, Neil Spring (chair), and Arun Venkataramani.

    3. The annual SIGCOMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks. Each year, ACM SIGCOMM will present a "Rising Star" Award, recognizing a young researcher - an individual no older than 35 - who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.  Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Rising Star award committee will evaluate the nominees.  Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's PhD advisor. The award will be presented at the annual ACM CoNEXT conference, where the award-winner will deliver a keynote address. Conference registration, travel, and lodging for the awardee will be paid by ACM SIGCOMM. Nominations must be sent to Bruce Maggs by August 15, 2015, 11:59pm EDT. http://www.sigcomm.org/awards/sigcomm-rising-star-award

    4. We are trying a new mentoring idea at SIGCOMM 2015: an opportunity for students and postdocs to meet individually with teams of two mentors to talk about the student’s research.  The idea is to give graduate students (and postdocs) access to feedback from outstanding researchers from outside their university.  Applications are due June 15th.  More information can be found at the SIGCOMM 2015 conference website.

    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/sigcomm/2015/mentoring.php

    5. During the summer, we will be organising, again, a shadow TPC to train young researchers in how papers are reviewed and ranked at selective networking conferences. Selected researchers must have at least 3 years of experience in networking research and have published a few papers at workshops, conferences or in journals. During June, July and August, they will will evaluate a subset of the papers submitted to CoNext 2015. Most of the work (reviews, discussions) will be done online but the participants will also meet in an in-person TPC meeting on Friday August 21st in London (close to the SIGCOMM'15 conference location). Additional information about the operation of a shadow TPC may be found in a paper published in CCR in 2008 : http://goo.gl/EpSEnK

    To apply for the CoNext 2015 shadow TPC, please fill the following form before May 20th, 2015 : http://goo.gl/forms/TPiBMX1gtz

    If you have any questions, please contact the SIG Education Director, Olivier Bonaventure (UCLouvain) by email.

    6. Registration for SIGCOMM 2015 is now active and accepting registrations. The URL is:

    https://www.regonline.com/acmsigcomm2015

    7. The Fourteenth ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-2015) will bring together researchers in computer networks and systems to engage in a lively debate on the theory and practice of networking. HotNets will provide a venue for debating broad future research agendas in networking and for presenting innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly influence the community. The CFP is now online:

    http://conferences.sigcomm.org/hotnets/2015/

    8. The Data Transparency Lab (DTL) is a community-based effort among universities, businesses and institutions to support research in tools, data, and methodologies for shedding light into the use of personal data by online services, and to empower users to be in control of their personal data online. In order to support research in these areas, DTL will award in 2015 up to 10 research grants of 50,000 Euro per grant to academic institutions worldwide. The criteria for applications and further information about the application

    process are described in this document: http://datatransparencylab.org/docs/handbook.pdf

    9. Building on the success of the HotSDN (Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking) workshop, the Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) is the premiere venue for research publications on SDN. Co-locating SOSR with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) provides an opportunity for more interaction between researchers and practitioners and more influence on the networking industry. In addition, registered SOSR attendees can attend shared keynote, plenary, and panel sessions, and the social event, on June 17-18 at ONS. The SOSR  program is now available at http://opennetsummit.org/conference/sosr/sosr-agenda/

    Registration prices increase on May 9 - register soon at

    http://opennetsummit.org/conference/sosr/sosr-register/

     

    That’s all for now!

    CFPs for Upcoming SIGCOMM-sponsored conferences:

    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/sponsored

    CFPs for Upcoming in-cooperation-with SIGCOMM conferences:

    http://www.sigcomm.org/conferences/cooperation

    https://twitter.com/acmsigcomm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sigcomm/

    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/ACM-SIGCOMM-7456557

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